Grieving family urges people ‘to light a candle for peace’
THE family of John Hume have asked people to light a candle for peace at 9pm tonight in their homes or at their front doors.
As Mr Hume’s removal from his home in Moville, Co Donegal, to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry takes place today, his family has asked people to follow Covid-19 restrictions and not to put themselves and others at risk.
In a statement released last night, the family thanked the public for their condolences.
“John loved the people of Derry and Donegal. The heartfelt and sincere condolences that we have received from people across the island, but particularly from the communities John loved being a part of, have been immensely comforting to us,” they said.
“John will leave Moville at 7.30pm [tonight] and return
to St Eugene’s Cathedral after 8.30pm.
“We know that he would have prioritised public health and the safety and health of our communities. We’re asking people to follow that guidance, please do not put yourself or others at risk. Instead, we would ask that people light a candle for peace at 9pm in their homes or at their door.”
Mr Hume’s funeral will take place tomorrow at 11.30am where Fr Paul Farren, the Administrator of the Cathedral, will celebrate the Mass and preach the homily. Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown will also preside at the Mass.
Normally, the death of such a high-profile figure would draw massive crowds. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing will be strictly observed inside the cathedral and within its grounds.
However, mourners can pay their respects remotely by tuning into the Mass which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One at 11.30am, and also streamed live on the cathedral’s website – www. steugenescathedral.com.
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin praised Mr Hume as “a paragon of peace”.
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